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Kenny Barron Quintet at the Village Vanguard 12/23-28 PDF Print
Written by Ronaldo Oregano   
Saturday, 20 December 2014

"The greased lightning of Barron's technique combined with a romantic ebullience has made him one of the glories of jazz piano for a long time…” — Village Voice

Kenny Barron Andrea Canter

With more than 40 albums to his name, and scores more that he has appeared on, NEA Jazz Master Kenny Barron has made a large imprint on jazz. The pianist has been recognized the world over as a master of performance and composition. Kenny Barron and his quintet will appear at the Village Vanguard on Tuesday, December 23rd through Sunday, December 28th. The Kenny Barron Quintet inludes Mr. Barron on piano,Stefon Harris on vibes, Elena Pinderhughes on flute, Kiyoshi Kitagawa on bass, and Victor Lewis on drums. 

Christian McBride's Inside Straight and Trio: Two Weeks, Two Bands at the Village Vanguard 12/2-14 PDF Print
Written by Ronaldo Oregano   
Sunday, 30 November 2014

Christian McBride Andrea Canter

Bassist extraodinaire, composer, arranger, and bandleaer, Christian McBride has appeared in numerous musical settings with just about any musician imaginable in the jazz as well as R&B and pop worlds. From playing with the likes of Milt Jackson, Roy Haynes, Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock and Pat Metheny; to playing with and/or arranging for the likes of Isaac Hayes, Chaka Khan, Lalah Hathaway, Sting and the legendary James Brown. Hear McBride with Inside Straight also featuring Steve Wilson on alto, Warren Wolf on vibes, Peter Martin on piano, and Carl Allen on drums and Tuesday, December 2nd trhough Sunday, December 7th and with his trio featuring Christian Sands on piano and Ulysses Owens Jr. on drums Tuesday, December 9th throught Sunday, December 14th at the Village Vanguard.
Maria Schneider and her Orchestra at the Jazz Standard 11/25-30 PDF Print
Written by Ronaldo Oregano   
Saturday, 22 November 2014

“To call Maria Schneider the most important woman in jazz is missing the point, She is a major composer, period.” - TIME Magazine

Maria Schneider, photo by Jimmy and Dena Katz

Composer/band leader Maria Schneider and her orchestra have established a distinguished recording career with nine GRAMMY nominations and two GRAMMY Awards; her 2004 album Concert in the Garden made his­tory as the first recording sold only on the Internet to win a GRAMMY. Her 2007 album Sky Blue earned a Grammy Award for 'Best Instrumental Composition' for 'Cerulean Skies' [click here for a Jazz Police review] This Jazz Standard engagement will preview new music from a forthcoming album, The Thompson Fields. Maria and her Orchestra appear at the Jazz Standard in New York on Tuesday, November 25th through Sunday, November 30th (with the exception of Thanksgiving day when the Jazz Standard is closed).

Russell Malone Quartet at Smoke 11/14-15 PDF Print
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Friday, 14 November 2014

Russell Malone

Georgia native Russell Malone, one of the great jazz guitarists, was 25 when he was hired as a sideman by the seminal organist Jimmy Smith. He went on to back Harry Connick, Jr. from 1990-1994 and spent four years working with Diana Krall, in addition to guesting on numerous recordings. Russell’s playing is deeply rooted in the blues and bebop and his no-nonsense approach is one of many reasons why he is so popular. With his quartet which also features Rick Germanson on piano, Gerald Cannon on bass, Lawrence Leathers on drums returns to Smoke this weekend.

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